Christmas is just around the corner and 2016 is almost over, so to quote our brilliant editor, Lauren: “It’s time to start winding down… or ramping up, or… something!” Now that school’s (hopefully) out for this year, you have plenty of time to catch up on all things betty and watch Christmas films to your heart’s content.
In the meantime, here are some of the things we’ve been reading, watching and loving this week. Enjoy.
What’s in our search history?
Google has put together a video of the most searched events of this year and we’re not going to lie, it’s really freakin’ beautiful. We would suggest having tissues close by for this one – as it’s been a hell of a year and this is a hell of a video to match. Google’s take away message? Love is out there.
Let’s be YouTube stars, shall we?
There’s a point in everyone’s lives where they’ve thought, “Sod it, why don’t I just quit school and become a YouTuber?”. Well the idea just got a whole lot more tempting, as this week Forbes released a list of the world’s highest paid YouTubers. For the second year running, PewDiePie topped the list, making a whopping $15 million (£12M).
New business plan: check if the handle ‘PewDiPi’ is taken.
Pretty Little Liars will live on
The final series of Pretty Little Liars is hitting our screens next year, but there is a silver lining. PLL and PocketGem have announced that they’re going to be releasing an interactive app, so you never have to really leave Rosewood. According to Variety, the app will let fans follow their fave characters with a brand-new storyline set way back in the first season of the show. The choices you make will change how the plot unfolds, so this time it’s you – rather than A – who’s pulling the strings. Zomg.
Felicity Jones would rather play male roles
The latest instalment in the Star Wars franchise hits the big screen today (finally!), with your new imaginary best friend Felicity Jones in the lead role. Felicity told Female First this week that she would often rather play male characters, because the roles are more interesting – but luckily she’s plenty happy with her Star Wars alter-ego. “Jyn is a fantastic woman,” she says. “I saw her as being tough and decisive and I tried to capture that attitude and portray her as an extraordinary heroine. We rarely see a woman like this in film.”
Here’s to seeing more kickass women on the big screen!
These amazing girls blew the whistle on the FA
Some girls in County Durham properly kicked off this week when they were handed the Football Association’s plan to get more girls involved in the sport. Some of the FA’s suggestions included: allowing girls to take breaks to check their phones and tweet, providing “colourful bibs that smell nice”, using a smaller ball to avoid the fear of being hit by a heavy one, and, the biggest stroke of brilliance – using pink whistles.
In response, girls from Lumley Junior School in County Durham wrote letters to the FA, including one from 10-year-old Ruby that said: “We aren’t brainless Barbie dolls. We don’t all like the same colour (pink). We are not fussy about colour or the smell of our bibs – would you be? And we are not afraid to get hit by a ball, so why would we need light ones; in case we break a nail?”
Look how cute!
Christmas is coming, so it’s time to dust off your glue guns and glitter. In typical betty style, we weren’t just about to make any old Christmas decorations. Why would we do that when we could make TAMPON ANGELS? Look out for our tutorial explaining how to make these celestial beauties on our YouTube channel.
And why stop at a tampon angel when you could have a whole tree loaded with feminist baubles? We love this one of the Queen of the aviation world, Amelia Earhart. Fly, pretties!
See, 2016 wasn’t a complete disaster
Sure, there’ve been plenty of times that 2016 has got us down – but Buzzfeed has rounded up 33 good things that happened in 2016 and it made us smile and cry simultaneously. For about 20 minutes. Spoiler: includes love, puppies and a kid licking a dolphin.